10 days in Istanbul & Russia Itinerary

10 days in Istanbul & Russia Itinerary

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10 days in Istanbul & Russia Itinerary

Start: Samsun, Turkey
Drive:  8​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Sochi, Russia
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
End: Samsun, Turkey

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip planner.

Samsun to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Samsun in November: highs in Istanbul hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum. Popular historic sites such as Savior on the Spilled Blood and Saint Isaac's Cathedral are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Peterhof Grand Palace, examine the collection at Secrets of St Petersburg, and pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in November; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
On the 20th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and then steep yourself in history at Red Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of The Holy Virgin, admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Moscow tour planning app .

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. November in Moscow sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church of The Holy Virgin
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Church of The Holy Virgin ©
Church of The Holy Virgin
Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

1
night
Sochi, Russia

Sochi
Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Babushkina Khata Museum.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sochi road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Sochi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Moscow, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Sochi, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 8°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Babushkina Khata Museum
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